“It’s truly heartbreaking that you have IT workers going from supporting hospitals — and even our government — to waiting tables and losing their houses and going to apartments,” Palmer said. “We did this to ourselves and it’s just — the abuse is rampant in every state and in every city.”
“And [the H-1B workers] don’t even know your job. Most of these H-1B workers, Laura, are 22 and 24 years old,” Palmer added. “And what’s even more appalling is — I’m going to be breaking some evidence in the next 4-6 weeks that shows … the fake resumes that these people are actually using.”
Where do I believe the 60 minute video came up short?
All in all I thought they did a fairly decent job.
Problem is, they are interviewing people who have only recently been displaced (don’t get me wrong, leo, jay, craig, and the others).
Sixty minutes did not tell the story that they have not, and can not find work anywhere near what they were doing, which means they will be left fighting to get hired at entry level jobs like my own personal fight with the Dept of Veterans Affairs.
Sixty minutes did not tell the story that they can’t find work because (a) our free trade agreements which companies like apple are exploiting in examples like the suicides at foxconn are DECREASING the jobs available here in America.
Sixty minutes did not tell the story that they can’t find work because (b) our non-immigrant guest worker agreements which companies like IBM are exploiting in examples that are too numerous to mention are DECREASING the jobs available here in America.
Sixty minutes did not question any of those in the over 50 and out of work series to find out if any of them have found work again.
“For example workers would come over and if you had been working somewhere at a large company for twenty years you would have to train your replacement in order to get your pension, keep your insurance, or you would be fired immediately for not following policy,” says Palmer
Palmer says he and other panelists discuss how major companies have done exactly that.
“Disney is one of the biggest ones right now that has replaced American workers. There are several companies up in northeastern United States where electrical cooperative companies have replaced their workers,” says Palmer.
Among Palmer’s views on H-1B Visas, panelist share their own personal stories.
“The segment has some compelling stores of people who have lost everything. They’ve lost their houses, they lost their jobs, all in the name of big corporate greed. They’ve lost their houses, they lost their jobs, all in the name of big corporate greed,” says Palmer.
Palmer says the issue is a wake-up call for America.
“Really what I think I got the most out of it was some of the people that I had met and talked to over the phone for the last couple of years, that had been laid off – I got to meet them face to face,” says Palmer.
But what is the final solution?
“We need to stop the h1visa program,” says Palmer.
Palmer believes it’s very simple.
“I’m not against it but it needs to be stopped until we’ve reformed,” says Palmer.
The 60 Minutes segment featuring Palmer airs Sunday on CBS 8 at 6 pm
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